Standards have become the lingua franca of world trade, as they convey consistent and understandable information to the buyer– a common technical language for trading partners.
Increasing harmonisation between countries’ frameworks significantly enhances the efficient flow of trade. At the same time, global off-takers, particularly in the agricultural sector, are applying increasing environmental, social and governance standards to production and trading, and access to destination markets depends on firms’ ability to raise their compliance levels.
Improve national implementation of international standards, in particular through National Standards Bureaus.
Support Governments to implement standards and technical regulations consistent with world trade rules.
Facilitate harmonisation of technical regulations at continental, regional and national levels.
Help develop standards and conformity assessment services at national and regional level – including laboratory capacity, inspection and certification services; and product certification services in both the public and private sectors.
Establish Mutual Recognition Agreements to build mutual confidence between countries on conformity of assessment procedures and facilitate the acceptance of goods and services everywhere on the basis of one assessment.
Support countries with metrology in order to develop accurate measurements and enable firms to satisfactorily implement their own process controls.